‘The Stratford Upon Avon & Midland Junction Railway’ (or S.M.J.) was a small independent railway company which ran a line across the empty, untouched centre of England. It visited the counties of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and a little of Buckinghamshire, only existing as the SMJ from 1909 to 1923. In 1923 the S.M.J.became a minor arm of the London Midland and Scottish (L.M.S.), then in 1948 'British Railways' 

Gone but not forgotten: "the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth"


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LMS BOXBOARD ----- SMJ LINE

Currently a boxboard from the line on offer on e bay. Ends  26th August.    Also a siver ewj  free pass was sold at auction recently for  £ 850 .  Pretty rare, nice it has survived .   Plus 2 cast iron smj bridge diamonds also sold  at auction quite…Continue

Started by ray w Aug 23.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

Coaches used on SMJ 1948-1952

   I was wondering if anybody could tell me what coaching stock was used on the SMJ between 1948-1952. I've started Building Byfield station building and managed to find basically what locos were used but coaches........? Can't seem to find…Continue

Started by Clive Aug 13.

The Campion Family: SMJ employees 5 Replies

I would be grateful if anyone can let me know if there are any registers, documents or other employee information that exists where I might be able to find out more about the following members of my family:1. Henry Campion   1830-1910  Lived in…Continue

Started by David Campion. Last reply by David Campion Jul 25.

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I regret that I have no info on this photo it came in a small collection without any info but perhaps someone can add detail?

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Comment by Dick Bodily on November 13, 2012 at 14:03

It's taken on the new extension leading up a steep gradient towards the cowsheds. The farm manager's bungalow, which is still more or less intact depite being abandoned over half a century ago, can be seen in the background. When Andy and I got special permission to visit the site some time ago we were both surprised that any loco could climb such a sttep gradient. Alec Wyatt, CWB's engineer is driving Blacolvesley, the petrol engine steam outline loco. That could be CWB in the black trilby next to him. A recent picture of  the loco which is owned by Dr Bob Tebb and kept at Ravenglass is attached. The hall would be out of sight just to the right of the picture. I've seen a very similar photo in Bob Tebb's book, probably taken on the same occasion, which is described as a visit to BMR by The Railway Club on 20th June 1910.

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